Yesterday, there was a common theme discussed in almost every conversation I had:
FEAR IS A THIEF.
It steals our joy, our hope, and our confidence.
It is a relationship killer and a destroyer of dreams.
Fear invades our life and distorts the truth. Fear does not discriminate. It is an equal opportunity terrorist.
Fear is the enemy’s tool that stops us in our tracks, gluing us, like quicksand, to the same scary spot and taunting us. Fear keeps us from walking in the fullness of God and down the roads HE has already prepared and walked for us.
I asked my 14yo how she would describe fear. She stopped and thought for a moment, then said, “The devil’s playground.”
How often do we allow the enemy’s tactics to “play” with our heads? Our emotions? Our lives?
We see it in other people but don’t recognize it in our own lives.
Is there something you have been called to do but are too afraid of failure? Or maybe you’re too afraid of success? What will happen if you try… and succeed? You will then have the opportunity to sow HOPE into the lives of others who also might be experiencing the “devil’s playground” in their life.
Fear destroys… God creates.
Fear is a thief – but God restores.
Fear kills… But God brings new life to dead places!
Is there fear in your life today? Fear for you? for your family? Fear for things that have not yet occurred or fear of the consequences that can come from other fear-based decisions you’ve made?
I encourage you today to share the fears you’ve been experiencing with someone you trust. Allow yourself the opportunity to admit the fact that fear has been calling the shots… and decide to speak life into those places and change the story!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Tim 1:7)
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:13-14
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-5)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)